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Vanessa Paradis and Nicholas Maury in Knife+Heart, now streaming on Shudder as part of its Queer Essentials collection

AMC’s horror/thriller streaming service, Shudder, announced this morning that they are producing a documentary that will explore the history of queer horror on film.

Much like their previous documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, the new film will go back to the roots of horror on film covering filmmakers from James Whale to Clive Barker, and beyond.

It will also dig into the complicated history of queer-coding and the negative stereotypes that have been supported by poor portrayals of the LGBTQ community within the genre.

IndieWire reported this morning that Phil Noble, Jr. (Fangoria) and Kelly Ryan (Stage 3) will serve as producers on the as yet untitled project, and out screenwriter, podcaster, and director Michael Varrati will serve as a consulting producer.

Sam Wineman, who we featured earlier this month as part of our Pride Month coverage, will helm the project which will release sometime next year.

Wineman is a passionate gay filmmaker whose award-winning short film, The Quiet Room, is set to premiere on CryptTV tomorrow, June 28, 2019.

“Something’s in the air right now,” Noble, Jr. said in a release, “and I deeply believe that Sam Wineman is the right voice to tell this story, and Shudder—who understood the importance of ‘Horror Noire’ and continue to be fantastic allies—is the perfect platform for this story to be told.”

“Horror has spent a great deal of time telling our stories undercover, both intentionally and unintentionally,” Wineman added. “In order to fully understand the depth of how and why, you have to unpack the social context of what it is to be queer at the moment in history that coincides with the films themselves. That story is one that is long overdue, and I am honored to have the chance to share it.”

For my part, I can’t imagine a film about queer horror being in better hands, and can’t wait to see the finished product. iHorror will keep you posted on all the details as they become available.